City Editor Robin here, reporting on the wreath-making efforts of the RICtoday team. We ventured to the bustling Village of Powhatan for an evening at the new home, garden, and gift store The Mercantile at Three Crosses.
What we tried:
We had bites and drinks from Three Crosses Distillery before rolling up our sleeves to get to work on a festive fall creation. Armed with all the necessary supplies and under the instruction of knowledgeable Market Manager Kara, we had a charming time putting together cornucopia-style wreaths filled with permanent botanicals — that’s the expert name for artificial flowers — and perfect for an autumn porch.
The Wednesday evening excursion took us outside city limits to a cozy gem of a store, where we also got to shop around and check out the product selection. My holiday gift list is now overflowing, just like my wreath.
What not to miss:
Market Manager Kara took care so our class of under a dozen wreath-makers could follow along the steps of assembling the craft. Choosing where to place moss, flowers, sticks, and pumpkins was a great opportunity for camaraderie and positive wreath-enforcement.
At the end of the workshop, everyone emerged with a beautiful — and unique — creation. Despite the fact that we were using similar supplies, each one had a personal touch.
What we’re still talking about:
The setting of the workshop inside The Mercantile made for a cheery evening. The passion and attention put into the store’s atmosphere, as well as the curated selection of products, definitely encourages repeat visits. Even if there’s no workshop to catch, taking in all the treasures would be enjoyable on its own.
How you can experience this:
Gather some pals and get ready to learn new skills — plus come home with some eye-catching decor — at an upcoming workshop. There’s plenty to fill an afternoon and evening in the walkable Village of Powhatan.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Wreath-making workshop at The Mercantile at Three Crosses
- Price: Varies
- Website: https://www.threecrossesmercantile.com/
- Address: 3835 Old Buckingham Rd., Powhatan Place, VA
- Hours: Wednesdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Three Crosses Distilling and The Table at Three Crosses are open Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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